Karen Coughlin on the Evaporation of Mental Health Services and iTriage Must Have Med App | April 7, 2012 | Show 443

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Coming Up …our farewell to Dan…takes us on a walk down memory lane. Old favorites including the bits we did called “Is Anybody Out There Laughing” and “What Song Best Describes Your Nurse.” We share the story about Dan’s battle with racoons in his garage and some other silliness. Dan is leaving us to “spend more time with his family.” That has a familiar ring to it…but in his case it’s true. He is the busy father of three girls, two of whom are under 10 years old. Bravo to you Dan for being such a great dad.

More on the decline (evaporation) of mental health services. We are joined by RN and Vice President of  theMassachusetts Nurses Association, Karen Coughlin. Karen works at Taunton State Hospital which is on the chopping block. Closure would mean no place for the 147 patients they now serve, and no short-term mental health facility within a 150 miles for the community. This, unfortunately,  is happening all across the country.

AND…The coolest APP we’ve ever seen or heard about! We all know what triage means, welcome to iTriage. Without giving too much away…simply put, you can download iTriage and use it all over the world. Everyone is familiar with WebMD (a great site), iTriage helps identify symptoms, tells you where the nearest ER or specialist is, what the wait times are in emergency situations—and is so user friendly—I can even use it! Check it out at www.itriagehealth.com.
Oh… and one of our favorite guests, RN Marsha Podd, aka the Baby Whisperer, weighs in on the latest controversial  mommy gaffe—chewing food for your baby. Yes? No? Marsha say’s “God love moms…it’s a tough job!”